CRL Announces NSW Country Women’s Side

Updated: May 7, 2019
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Country Rugby League has announced their representative side for the Women’s National Championships to be played at Burleigh on the Gold Coast between Thursday, May 30 – Sunday, June 2.

After the success of this year’s inaugural CRL Women’s Country Championships, 11 players from the Country Championships have been selected for the NSW Country team.

Six teams will compete at the Championships with the opportunity for players to be recognised for Origin and NRLW. Eight Country representatives from last year’s NSW Country champion squad went on to play Origin and 14 were selected to compete in the inaugural NRLW season.

NSW and Queensland will field a host of the game’s top stars in their City and Country sides while the Australian Defence Force and Combined Affiliated States will also feature in the four-day tournament.

The NSW Country side features Australian Jillaroos Isabelle Kelly, Kezie Apps, Bec Young, Ruan Sims, Hannah Southwell, Keeley Davis and Vanessa Foliaki along with some of the brightest emerging talent from Regional NSW.

Country Rugby League CEO Terry Quinn believes the Women’s National Championship provides a fantastic opportunity for players from Regional NSW to test themselves against some of the best female talent in Australia.

“We’re extremely proud to be a part of the inaugural Women’s National Championship and we’re eager to see an exciting mix of Regional, Origin and Jillaroos representatives from Country NSW compete together on a national stage,” Quinn said.

“The women’s game continues to grow in all areas of Country Rugby League and having 11 players selected from the CRL Women’s Country Championships is testament to the quality of players coming from Regional NSW.

“There have been some great announcements made for the women’s game in recent times and we fully support the continual development of pathways for female players.

“I want to wish our team the best of luck in the National Championships defending their title and wish them all the best in achieving NRLW, New South Wales and the Jillaroos honours in the future.”


NSW Country Women’s Representative Squad

Kezie Apps (Illawarra South Coast Dragons)

Keeley Davis (Illawarra South Coast Dragons)

Kirra Dibb (Central Coast Roosters)

Vanessa Foliaki (Western)

Emma Hickey (Riverina Bulls)

Kylie Hilder (CRL Newcastle)

Rikeya Horne (Illawarra)

Melanie Howard (CRL Newcastle)

Ellie Johnston (North Coast Bulldogs)

Takilele Katoa (Riverina Bulls)

Isabelle Kelly (CRL Newcastle)

Bobbi Law (CRL Newcastle)

Shellie Long (North Coast Bulldogs)

Kaitlyn Phillips (Western)

Ruan Sims (Illawarra)

Simone Smith (CRL Newcastle)

Hannah Southwell (CRL Newcastle)

Tess Staines (Riverina Bulls)

Gabrielle Suckling (Riverina Bulls)

Shakiah Tungai (Illawarra)

Holli Wheeler (CRL Newcastle)

Bec Young (CRL Newcastle)


Coach: Matt Parish